Joint statement from STAG and Thorpe Hesley Church/Community Centre

Since 2005, STAG (Scholes & Thorpe Action Group) has been grateful for the support of and donations from the local community whilst it was working to reclassify the land between Scholes and Thorpe Hesley as Green Belt. Now this Green Belt status has been confirmed by the approval of the Rotherham Local Plan, STAG members have voted to donate its remaining funds in a way that would benefit many people in the local community. Holy Trinity Church and Trinity Community Centre (TCC) wish to express their grateful thanks to STAG who have kindly donated funds as follows: £1625 to Church towards the cost of the clearance of brambles and tree branches in the upper graveyard £1625 to TCC towards the purchase of lighter chairs. These donations are greatly appreciated and will benefit the community when visiting the Churchyard and Community centre in the future.

Bird man news

The British Naturalists’ Association (BNA), for which I am the Chairman, has started to conduct a study of the biodiversity in the Churchyard in Thorpe. This is being lead by myself and helped by three of four other branch members looking at the full range of nature in the churchyard. From our first two visits we have a list of 54 species including 8 bees and 11 birds; however, it was the finding of a tiny fly on our second visit by Roy Stewart that got this group of naturalists buzzing. Chlorops pumilionis is a yellow fly with three dark stripes on the back and a dark triangle on the head and is only three millimetres long. It is described as rare or under-recorded nationally with only 218 records in the British Isles, 6 South Yorkshire records and none in the Thorpe/Scholes area making this an important find. This comes nine years after I found the first record of the tree bee for Yorkshire in the Churchyard in 2010. The visits by the group will continue this study over the next couple of years and the list of species will grow, I am sure, as the seasons change. Steven Rutherford

Sheffield diocese strategy for its vision

The Sheffield diocese has recently launched its vision for the diocese by 2025. The Strategy falls under three areas: Renewed, Released, Rejuvenated. For a fuller explanation of each strand visit the website Although over the coming months more of this will be explained.

The RENEWED part of the strategy aims to maintain as a first priority a real reliance on the Spirit of God in prayer and worship and in the consecration of our lives, as individuals and communities. Under this part of the strategy, the diocese would like individuals to become involved in a prayer community. Again details of what that will entail are on website and where you can sign up. However, it is a big commitment but we can still be part of that by committing ourselves to pray daily the special prayer that has been written. At a recent meeting of the church council it was agreed to include the prayer on our pewsheet rather than the usual verse of scripture. I would encourage all of us in our daily practice of setting time aside for prayer to pray this prayer.

Living God, Jesus calls his followers to seek first your Kingdom.
Renew us as we make your love known;
Release us to share freely together in mission;
and Rejuvenate us to be fruitful in your service.
Give us courage, wisdom and compassion,
that strengthened with the grace of the Holy Spirit,
we may, your Church both flourish and grow through Christ our Lord. Amen


Of food stuffs and toiletries for Shiloh can still be left each week in the cupboard in the narthex (see poster for suitable items). This is emptied every week and taken down to Shiloh. If you have donations of bedding/towels/clothing please contact Richard Pilley at church who will happily collect it and take it down for you if you are unable to take it yourself.


If anyone takes a photograph of a child on our site, at Church, Trinity Community Centre, in the churchyard/grounds, or at any other place where an event connected with us is taking place, please will you make sure that the parents or adult with decision making responsibility for that child is happy with the photograph being taken and possibly appearing on a web site or on social media.

Pewsheet by email

If you signed up to receive the pewsheet by email you should now be receiving it. If you have signed up to do this but have not received it please let Joyce know.